Randolph (Randy) Shelly, PMP

Project Management


879 Beauclaire Dr, Ottawa, ON, K1C 2J5  -  Tel:  (613) 261-1036  -  Email:  randy.shelly@raedwulf-inc.com

Website:  http://raedwulf-inc.com  -  LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/randyshelly




Project management in the Space sector.  Contract basis preferred.




Bachelor of Applied Science (Electrical Engineering) - University of Waterloo.


PMP Certification.




Fluent in English, Conversant in French


Jan. 2014 – Present



National Defence, Ottawa


Project Manager, Surveillance of Space Program (contract 2 days per week)

Surveillance of Space 2 (SofS 2) is the follow-on project to the original Surveillance of Space Project, which resulted in the launch and certification of the Sapphire Satellite System.  SofS 2 is currently in the Options Analysis Phase.  The Surveillance of Space Program provides Space Situational Awareness Data in partnership with the US Joint Space Operations Center.


I have recently produced or updated drafts of the Business Case Analysis, Project Charter, Project Brief and Project Complexity and Risk Assessment documents.  I am currently producing detailed cost estimates for six viable system solutions for the Sustainment Canadian Space Surveillance System.



Aug. 2013 – Present



Canadian Space Agency


Senior Project Manager, RCM IR&O (contract 1-2 days per week)

Team Lead for the Radarsat Constellation Mission Independent Review and Oversight function.  RCM is a $1B+ three-satellite constellation that will replace the existing Radarsat 2 satellite. 


I oversee a Project Monitor, Risk Specialist and Contract Specialist in producing an independent assessment of the prime contractor’s performance.  The assessment, in the form of a quarterly report, is provided to the Deputy Ministers’ Governance Committee for Space (DMGC-S).



Apr. 2004 – May 2013



National Defence, Ottawa


Spacecraft Subject Matter Expert (Apr. 2009 – May 2013)

I provided technical, project management, and engineering support to the DND Surveillance of Space Project.


I mentored my replacement, and took on the responsibility of DND project management oversight of the two major subsystems, Bus and Payload.



Sapphire Project Manager (Apr 2004 – Mar. 2009)


Sapphire is DND’s first operational satellite.  It provides Space Situational Awareness (SSA) data to the US Space Surveillance Network (SSN).


I managed the $65M contract for the Sapphire space surveillance system. My  knowledge of satellite systems, and commercial and government business practices were important contributors to the success of the project.  As Technical Authourity, I was responsible for certifying that the work was performed in accordance with the contract, statement of work and technical specification.


The Sapphire system was finished below budget and technical performance exceeds spec by a significant margin.  The project is the recipient of the 2014 IM/IT Community Recognition Award in the Excellence in Project Management.


Jul. 1990 – Mar. 2004



Canadian Space Agency, Ottawa - Montreal


SCISAT-1 Spacecraft Manager (Jan. 1999 – Aug. 2003)

This project produced Canada’s first small satellite and its first science satellite in 30 years.  Its science mission is to study atmospheric gases and aerosols. 


I was the Hands-on project manager for the $27M contract for the satellite bus, systems engineering, and integration and test.  I worked with the University of Waterloo (mission science) to define, refine and control requirements.  I gained on-console experience as the Spacecraft Mission Director at the launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base.


Launch and commissioning were nearly flawless and SCISAT-1 has been operating successfully since August 2003.



SSRMS Technical Manager (Oct. 1994 – Feb. 1996)

I was responsible for the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS – Canadarm 2).  I interfaced with the prime contractor for the Mobile Servicing system (MSS), and the NASA International Space Station (ISS) group in Washington, the Johnston Space Center and the Marshall Space Flight Center.



MSS Electrical Systems Manager (Jul. 1990 – Sep. 1994)

I was responsible for the Mobile Servicing System electrical system.  Systems included the power system, vision system, control systems and 1553 communications bus.  I interfaced with the prime contractor for the Mobile Servicing system (MSS), and the NASA International Space Station (ISS) group in Washington, the Johnston Space Center and the Marshall Space Flight Center.



e-POP  Project Manager (Oct. 2002 – Mar. 2004)

I managed ePOP (Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe) project definition and approval phase.  I worked closely with the University of Calgary Physics Department to assure that this suite of eight plasma physics instruments was adequately planned and integrated with the CASCADE payload on the Space Agency’s CASSIOPE satellite.



TPA Technical Manager (Mar. 1996 – Dec. 1998)

I worked closely with the contractor, the University of Calgary physics department and the Japanese Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) to assure the success of this plasma physics instrument.  This instrument was one of 10 science experiments on board the Japanese Mars-bound Nozomi satellite.



Independent Review Support to Sapphire Project (Feb. 2002 – Jan. 2003

During this period, as CSA’s representative, I attended meetings and provided input to DND on feasibility and potential issues with the Surveillance of Space Project (SoSP).  I also participated, as a third-party expert, in the review and rating of proposals for the Sapphire system.



Jun. 1987 – Jun. 1990



Canadian Astronautics, Ottawa


WINDII Project Manager

I took over the WINDII (Wind Imaging Interferometer) project mid-way through.  The project was behind schedule, most of the fixed-price budget had been spent and NASA had threatened to remove it from the UARS (Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite) project.  I was able to get the project back on track, secure additional funding and finish on time and with a profit.  WINDII operated successfully for 22 years until the UARS satellite was de-commissioned in 2003.


Jun. 1982 – May. 1987



Canadian Marconi Company, Montreal


Group Manager, Specialized Electronic Components

In this poition, I managed a defence electronics group of about 90, and directly supervised manufacturing, contracts, sales and engineering managers.  As a member of the executive group I was responsible for P&L.  I increased the business backlog from near zero to over $6M.  I dealt with most major US and UK defence contractors.  This group provided components for conventional and nuclear missiles, fighter and bomber aircraft, and other military systems.



Program Manager, Specialized Electronic Components

In this position, I managed the power conversion product line.  I turned a failing new power converter project into a long-term profitable product.  I produced several successful proposals that resulted in long-term business for the group.